I don’t know who dreads trimming your pets nails more, you or your pet. Many of us let our dogs go as long as possible without trimming their nails. We have many excuses for this including no time, my dog doesn’t like having his nails trimmed, to fear of cutting the nails to short and inflicting pain.
However, the reality is a dog needs to have their nails trimmed on a frequent basis to avoid developing later health issues. Letting your dog’s nails get over-grown is comparable to you walking on your tip toes all the time. Try this, walk only on the tips of your toes for 1-2 hours. Notice how sore your feet and ankles get. It is the same for our dogs. Constant over-grown nails can actually attribute to arthritis when your dog is older.
There are things you can do to make nail clipping more enjoyable for you and your dog. Positive reinforcement with training treats can go along way. Clip a nail, give a treat, clip another nail, give another treat. Clip 2 or 3 nails, give a treat. This method always keeps them guessing as to when to expect the next treat.
If your dog is a large breed or has those dreaded thick, black nails where it is difficult to detect the quick, you may wish to consider a rotary style clipper. Definitely only use a rotary clipper designed for trimming your pet’s nails. These clippers will have a guard to prevent your pet’s hair from getting wrapped around the rotary head.
If your concerned about clipping the nails to short. You may want to consider a trimmer with a quick sensor, such as the QuickFinder. The QuickFinder senses the blood flow in the quick and has a light system letting you know when it’s safe to cut.
If you are still not comfortable with clipping your dog’s nails, it may be best to have a groomer do this for you. Many grooming shops don’t even require an appointment for this service.
If your dog’s nails have been over-grown for awhile, the quick may be longer and you may not be able to have their nails clipped as short as necessary to start with. However, continually keeping your dog’s nails trimmed will help the quick recede. Over time, your dog will be able to have nice, short, healthy nails.